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The worst sets at Glastonbury


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On 6/29/2021 at 10:13 AM, hfuhruhurr said:

For me U2 weren't so bad - basically because a huge group around us were shouting in unison "Pay your .... taxes" every time Bono talked. They got so good at it we were all laughing, joining in and the weather didn't matter.

I experimentally shouted that during a bit of pause where I was stood and got asked "Oh. Please don't. We're here for the music". Guess I was in the wrong spot.

On 6/29/2021 at 10:31 AM, Ryan1984 said:

I’m a U2 fan but they never really looked like they’d nail that set. Were there some odd choices in the setlist as well? I remember the closer/encore being a bit of a damp squib.

I love the Boss but felt he also played more of a ‘fans’ set’ rather than a festival-friendly one?

For U2 I had just left a shift in a bar where DJ Yoda had been doing a set. He was so no need for it fucking loud that despite wearing earplugs my ears were suffering. U2 just seemed too quiet after that.

The Damien Hirst Monarch Butterfly bit at the start made me get a bit paranoid and think they were maybe trying to hypnotise us on some level. If it hadn't been for the seriously distracting rain then maybe they'd have succeeded and we'd all be raving about what a legendary set it was  years later (giggle). 

I left Springsteen because:

A) Didn't recognise anything.

B) It was peak flag and I got really pissed off that literally all I could see was flags. Even on the screens. 

On 6/29/2021 at 11:33 AM, Ddiamondd said:

I feel like the clamour to book U2 ran throughout much of the 2000s, when their stock was extremely high riding off All That You Can't and How To Dismantle. Live 8, iPod adverts, ubiquity in the charts, record-breaking tours, a huge run of success for a band 25 years in.

I remember them being an ongoing rumour for El Pointo as early as 2007/8, and by 2009 we more or less knew they'd be playing 2010.

So the delay was rough luck. When their set came around in 2011 the parodies of Bono were at fever pitch, the tax evasion story had ballooned (literally...), and they were coming off a pretty bad album. Get On Your Boots? Come off it. Wasn't long before the Apple giveaway controversy, too.

On the night the weather fucked it up, but it's been part of an ongoing downward trend for the band anyway. 

The Stones caught the Glasto hype bang on. U2, it was far less the sum of its parts.

Great post. Thought provoking.

On 6/29/2021 at 2:45 PM, ivan said:

What i did find funny at the time with Metallica was the NME went to Denmark or somewhere to interview the band prior to Glasto and their manager Peter Mensch asked the NME reporter for all the Metallica backlash quotes from likes of Mogwai and Artic Monkeys - which ended up being on some Metallica merchandise i think.

I can just image the NMe reporter quaking as Peter Mensch shouted "Give me it ! "

I own two of those T-shirts. Both in black. One of which is too small for me (long story). The other I chose as my appropriate upperwear for this past weekend (but only because I appear to have misplaced my red 2010 glow in the dark jobby). Really wish I'd also bought a white one that fitted. Because black is just so cliché for Metallica, darlings. 

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1 hour ago, MrZigster said:

 

The other I chose as my appropriate upperwear for this past weekend (but only because I appear to have misplaced my red 2010 glow in the dark jobby). Really wish I'd also bought a white one that fitted. Because black is just so cliché for Metallica, darlings. 

You have jobby that glows in the dark??

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1 hour ago, dizzymoo said:

You have jobby that glows in the dark??

I had a jobby that used to. It's been washed too much. 

I'm sure you know what I actually meant.

Are you by any chance Scottish?

I've always associated the word jobby with jocks for some reason. Possibly a Billy Connelly thing.

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Haven't read the whole thread - soz - but got to say for me the worst set was Toots - God rest his soul -  in 2017 - hanging around the West Holts waiting for him with no music, having chosen him over Liam Gallagher (no brainer) was pretty rubbish. 

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The Cure were absolutely magnificent. Sound was unbelievable, great setlist. I wasn’t a huge fan beforehand but I was much more of one after.

 

If we’re talking actual bad sets-Motörhead 2015. Nothing about it made any sense to anyone.

Suede, Pyramid, 2003. Normally a great live band but they were really off colour. Bretts constant desperate exhortations to the crowd for a reaction were excruciating to watch.

Morrissey 2011. As grey and miserable an evening as Glastonbury has ever had. Credit to his band though for ruthless consistency. There doesn’t seem to be a Smiths song they can’t drain all the life from.

Primal Scream, Pyramid, 2013. I’m not convinced anyone on stage (bar HAIM) or in the field enjoyed that. The sub slot is tricky at the best of times but they really crashed and burned. 

 

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1 minute ago, MEGABOWL said:

If we’re talking actual bad sets-Motörhead 2015. Nothing about it made any sense to anyone.

 

Got all the respect in the world for Lemmy continuing to do the thing he loved right up until the end, but yeah, he was clearly well past it by then, looked incredibly frail, and even sung Ace of Spades over a completely different song. Was all very sad to see.

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1 hour ago, MEGABOWL said:

The Cure were absolutely magnificent. Sound was unbelievable, great setlist. I wasn’t a huge fan beforehand but I was much more of one after.

 

If we’re talking actual bad sets-Motörhead 2015. Nothing about it made any sense to anyone.

Suede, Pyramid, 2003. Normally a great live band but they were really off colour. Bretts constant desperate exhortations to the crowd for a reaction were excruciating to watch.

Morrissey 2011. As grey and miserable an evening as Glastonbury has ever had. Credit to his band though for ruthless consistency. There doesn’t seem to be a Smiths song they can’t drain all the life from.

Primal Scream, Pyramid, 2013. I’m not convinced anyone on stage (bar HAIM) or in the field enjoyed that. The sub slot is tricky at the best of times but they really crashed and burned. 

 

They've got to be the worst backing band of any of the major artists. I can only assume he's picked them because they manage to make the Smiths songs sound awful. That would be a very Morrissey thing wouldn't it?

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13 hours ago, MrZigster said:

I had a jobby that used to. It's been washed too much. 

I'm sure you know what I actually meant.

Are you by any chance Scottish?

I've always associated the word jobby with jocks for some reason. Possibly a Billy Connelly thing.

Northern, but not Scottish. A fan of Mr Connolly though, and Trainspotting (which had a fair bit of jobby-related action!)

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17 hours ago, Zacko said:

They've got to be the worst backing band of any of the major artists. I can only assume he's picked them because they manage to make the Smiths songs sound awful. That would be a very Morrissey thing wouldn't it?

Was gonna make a similar comment. The WORST band of any solo star. I'd say he likes them because they don't question him.

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On 6/29/2021 at 11:52 AM, Ddiamondd said:

Speaking of 2005.... look, it's not the worst, but did the White Stripes really have to play Passive Manipulation three times? And no Fell In Love With A Girl? (Which I get the feeling Jack hates, but whatever)

It could have been great but it was merely good.

Wow did we have different perspectives.  I was quite in the crowd there and they went down an absolute storm.

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